Luis Alberto Lazarte
|Real name||Luis Alberto Lazarte|
|Rated at||Light Flyweight|
|Height||5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)|
4 March 1971 |
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Wins by KO||18|
Luis Alberto Lazarte (born 1971-03-04 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina) was a professional boxer who resides in his birthtown. He won the IBF junior flyweight title from Colombian Carlos Támara on May 29, 2010. Lazarte was the oldest reigning world boxing champion in the world, at 40 years old, until May 21, 2011. He lost his title by decision to former champion Ulises Solis on May 21, 2011.
Lazarte's competitive boxing career effectively ended after he was given a rare lifetime ban by the International Boxing Federation following a February 10, 2012 match against Johnriel Casimero in which Lazarte, surrounded by supporters and fighting in his home country, intentionally leveled low blows, headbutts and illegal blows to the back of the head against Casimero, as well as biting him at least twice, threatened the referee's life after being warned for his conduct, then (after being ruled the loser) deliberately sparked a riot in the arena that caused numerous additional injuries to police, spectators and Casimero's team.
Casimero and members of his team were kicked and assaulted when fans in Mar Del Plata hurled chairs and stormed the ring following his 10th-round knockout of local Argentine fighter Luis Alberto Lazarte in the IBF junior flyweight championship.
Philippine Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said that his country's embassy filed a protest with Argentina's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is awaiting an explanation.
After the riot, police escorted Casimero and his team to their hotel and provided protection for them. Lazarte later visited to apologize.
- Rafael, Dan (Feb 17, 2012). ["IBF bans boxer Luis Lazarte for life" http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7581851/boxer-luis-lazarte-banned-ibf-threat-sparking-ring-riot]. ESPN Boxing. espn.com. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
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- "Boxer Luis Lazarte banned by IBF for threat, sparking ring riot - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
|IBF Junior Flyweight Champion
May 29, 2010 – April 30, 2011